History, Affiliations and Rankings
When the California State Assembly founded Cal State East Bay in 1957, it was known as the State College for Alameda County. During the first academic year in 1959 at Sunset High School in Cherryland, the College began with only 25 faculty and 293 students. The present Hayward Campus was inaugurated in February 1961, and the College moved to its permanent location in Fall 1963, which was also the year when the University got its first Pioneer mascot, an astronaut from NASA's Pioneer Space Program. From getting its present name as California State University, East Bay in 2005 to becoming one of the nation's best values, the University has continued to play a key role in regional advancement. Today, it is a leading University offering programs with real-world application, taught by industry-experienced instructors. Cal State East Bay is accredited by the WASC Senior College and the University Commission, commonly referred to as WASC. Cal State East Bay has been through the Committee on Academic Planning and Review (CAPR) in addition to its external accreditation process. According to the US News and World Report 2022, California State University, East Bay ranks #71 in the Regional Universities West category.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
California State University, East Bay's three campuses in California's magnificent San Francisco East Bay Area provide a diverse range of degree programs and career possibilities. The three campuses are Hayward Hills Campus, Concord Campus and Oakland Professional Development and Conference Centre. Major freeways and public transportation systems, including the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, connect all of the campus locations. Shuttles are also available to and from the Hayward and Castro Valley BART stations. The University's four primary academic colleges - the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, the College of Education and Allied Studies, and the College of Science – offer 48 Bachelor’s degrees, 56 minors, 34 Master’s degrees, 23 Certificate courses and 1 PhD program. Recently, Cal State, East Bay raised funds to construct an Applied Sciences Center, which will be a state-of-the-art facility designed to support flexible STEM learning.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Cal State East Bay was honored by the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment in 2021, making it the first public university in California to receive this recognition. For the past six years, California State University, East Bay has received a HEED award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The award recognizes colleges and universities that have demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. In CNBC's Top 50 US Colleges that Pay Off the Most, Cal State East Bay is ranked #25. Recently, on the occasion of Women's History Month, the University recognized 5 alumnae, who are now leading their own businesses and are successful women entrepreneurs. The University has an alumni network of more than 1,40,000 graduates who contribute to the social, cultural and economic life of East Bay and the world. MLB Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, California Wellness Foundation President and CEO Judy Belk, Tony Award-winning Actor James Iglehart, and CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White are among the notable alumni.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Cal State East Bay is known for its extraordinarily diverse student body, with the Chronicle of Higher Education placing it as the Most Diverse Four-year Public College on the USA Mainland. More than 14,600 students attend California State University, East Bay, out of which 1000+ were international students and 8,900+ were female students. One of the most ethnically diverse student bodies in the US, the University’s students call themselves “Pioneers.” Student clubs and organizations further help to improve the quality of student life on campus by providing opportunities for leadership and engagement. On the California State University, East Bay Hayward Hills, Concord, and Oakland campuses, Student Life and Leadership Programs recognize and support approximately 120 student clubs and organizations, along with several women’s sports teams. A whopping 96% of graduates of CSUEB are currently employed or continuing their education. Some of the top recruiters of graduates from the university are - Kaiser Permanente, Oracle Corporation, John Muir Health, Stanford University and Thermo Fisher Scientific.